Basalt fire update: 6,315 acres, 49% contained, all mandatory evacs lifted |

Basalt fire update: 6,315 acres, 49% contained, all mandatory evacs lifted

The charred hillside above El Jebel/Basalt.

There were noticeably fewer people at Basalt High School Wednesday evening for the Lake Christine Fire community meeting.

Public information officers and emergency personnel gave those in attendance the most up to date information they had regarding the Lake Christine Fire, which has burned for over a week now.

As of Wednesday morning the fire had reached 6,315 acres.

Firefighters battling the Lake Christine Fire dealt with significant winds and a few thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon but still managed to get the fire to a point of 49-percent containment.

Also, as of Wednesday, pre-evacuation orders remained in place, but all mandatory evacuations (including those for Cedar Drive residents) had been lifted — however, officials warned the community to stay readily prepared to evacuate at any time if deemed necessary.

Lake Christine Fire Incident Commander Mike Almas created a personal message to the residents of the Roaring Fork Valley (video courtesy of Barry Stevenson | Outside Adventure Media).

Beginning Monday, crews fighting the Lake Christine Fire operation will decrease, however, emergency personnel assured the public that all of the necessary resources needed would, still, remain in place.

In addition to the Lake Christine Fire, officials warned of the possibility of flash floods and again emphasized the importance of being prepared to evacuate at any time for any reason.

The forecast showed a good chance of rain for Thursday; however, hot and dry conditions are expected going into the weekend and continuing early next week.

Another community meeting will take place either Saturday or Sunday to further discuss the Lake Christine Fire. The public was told to check the Eagle County Sheriff’s Facebook page for updates on that meeting.

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